The Heart of a Volunteer

The importance of volunteers to Festival Ballet Theatre cannot be overstated. Every ballet production is a product of the hard work of many volunteers. Through the years, we have had parents, students, and supporters who have dedicated their time and talents to our organization. As we celebrate Festival Ballet Theatre’s 30th year, we would like [...]

By |2019-04-09T16:17:19+00:00April 9th, 2019|

A Quick Look at Festival Ballet Theatre’s Coppelia

“It’s like a rom-com ballet,” said one Festival Ballet Theatre fan about the upcoming production of Coppélia. This classic ballet involves a mysterious inventor, Doctor Coppélius, a doll and some village youths. Basically, Dr. Coppelius creates a life-size dancing doll that is so lifelike that Franz, a young man from the village becomes infatuated with [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:37+00:00March 16th, 2018|

Spotlight: Vitor Luiz, Frances Chung and Maria Kochetkova

You don’t have to travel to San Francisco to see stars from the San Francisco Ballet perform in  The Nutcracker because Festival Ballet Theatre is proud to present not one, not two but three guest artists from the company. Vitor Luiz returns to the Irvine Barclay Theatre to dance with Festival Ballet dancer Tara Ghassemieh [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:38+00:00December 8th, 2017|

Spotlight: Beckanne Sisk and Fabrice Calmels

Beckanne Sisk and Fabrice Calmels return to the Festival Ballet Theatre stage to perform the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier pas de deux. They were our guest artists in 2013. Born in Texas, Beckanne studied at Longview Ballet Theater until she was fourteen. She competed at Youth America Grand Prix from 2007-2010. She joined Ballet [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:38+00:00November 28th, 2017|

How Training at Southland Ballet Academy Prepares One for a Career in Dance

The Southland Ballet Academy is the training ground for the best dancers in Orange County. The Academy is dedicated to excellence in dance training. Since 1983, when the Fountain Valley campus opened, many students have gone on to dance with prestigious ballet companies around the world including Laurel Benson, Corp Artist with Ballet West in Utah, Agnes [...]

By |2018-12-17T22:24:41+00:00October 27th, 2016|